Vice President Joe Biden showed Americans some of that scrappy Scanton, Pennsylvania brashness Thursday night when he took Rep. Paul Ryan to the woodshed during the only vice presidential debate 26 days before Election Day.

In the opening minutes of the debate, Biden pushed back after Ryan implied that the recent death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya is evidence that the Obama administration's foreign policy is unraveling.

"That is a bunch of malarkey," Biden said. “Not a single thing he said is accurate."

Biden is the classic vice president: part bully, part lobbyist, part comedic straight man – and part bull dog. Biden did exactly what he was asked to do: Make the stark contrast between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in the race for the White House without making the debate about himself and Ryan, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin.

The bar on Thursday was high for Biden: In most cases, vice presidential debates are not considered critical, and in fact, most Americans usually tune out. But this year, with less than four weeks before Americans go to the polls in an extremely tight race, Biden’s performance Thursday could actually make a difference down the stretch.

Biden, for his part, did mention a crucial element of the campaign that Obama failed to raise during his debate with  Romney.

“I’ve had it up to here with this notion that, ‘Forty-seven percent, it’s about time they take some sort of responsibility here,’” Biden said.

Biden was referring to Romney’s now-infamous secret video where he told wealthy donors that “47 percent” of Obama’s supporters view themselves as “victims” who “do not take personal responsibility for their lives.”

Ryan responded with a wisecrack that focused on Biden’s penchant for verbal gaffes.

“Mitt Romney’s a good man. He cares about 100 percent of Americans in this country,” Ryan said. “I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes, the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”

With Obama’s admitted lackluster performance in last week’s debate against Romney, the campaign is hoping that Biden helps make up some ground.

“I was just too polite,” Obama acknowledged on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” earlier this week.

In the days leading up to last week’s debate, Obama had Romney on the ropes. The president was leading in all national polls and had the momentum heading into Denver. Today, according to most polls, the race is now deadlocked. Obama’s weak performance last week allowed Romney to climb back into the race and revive his struggling campaign.

Of the seven national surveys of likely voters that were released on Tuesday, three showed a dead-even race, while four gave Romney a slight edge of one to two percentage points.

Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos told Fox News that he’s stopped polling Florida, Virginia and North Carolina because he’s already concluded that Obama will lose those swing states.

“In places like North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we’ve already painted those red. We’re not polling any of those states again. We’re focusing on the remaining states,” Paleologos said.

Paleologos’ data is indeed questionable, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian predicted that Biden would take “the old meat-ax” to Ryan Thursday and said “the humane society” would have to be called in scrape up the mess.

Biden did show Americans that he can go toe-to-toe with Ryan, although it wasn’t exactly a one-sided affair. Ryan got his jabs in as well.

“Mr. Vice President, I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground,” Ryan said. “But I think people would be better served if we didn’t keep interrupting each other.”

So now, with the vice presidential debate out of the way, Obama will prepare for his next debate with Romney on Tuesday, a town-hall-style discussion focusing on national and foreign policy that should play to the president’s strengths.

And the president reflected on his debate with Romney.

“Gov. Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I’ve had a bad night,” Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News this week. “But I think what’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed.”

“If you have a bad game you just move on," Obama added. "You look forward to the next one.”


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22 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Biden Brought His A-Game

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  2. gwanedm on said:

    Let me tell you something! I am an Army Retiree. I served in the Army for 22 years. My combat tours include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Somalia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. From my perspective NOBODY wants a war! Nobody wants to go to war! The reality of this world is that it is governed by the aggressive use of force so in order to maintain peace you must have the world’s best trained and best equipped military! Peace through strength means that everyone would be scared to test you! It means that you provide for the common defense and not try and de fund it!!! Just because we don’t cut back on defense spending doesn’t mean we are going to war! Mitt Romney never said that he wants to start another war! Mitt Romney said that he will not cut defense spending and he will follow the troop draw down schedule that has already been put into place NOT add more troops!!!!! In other words our troops will come home and we will continue to build up our military so that it is the best equipped best trained most modern military in the world!!! This does not mean a new war!! We have seen too much combat and hopefully we won’t have to go back to war!!

  3. jimmyg on said:

    To all independent voters,if your still confused as to who your next president should be, consider this,we have entrusted this President with two hats,the other is Commander in Chief of our military.He kept his promise to bring our troops home from stupid wars that have killed so many innocent people,and have drained our treasury.He has limited our involvement in additional stupid wars and has saved our treasury added billions.Mr Mitt,wants to add more hardware and more troops,which can only mean more stupid wars..Aren’t you sick of wars and more stupid azze wars?…

  4. REPBAFL on said:

    Everyone talks about “we need jobs”; No one says how to create them. The government can’t go back to being the largest em-ployer. Those that repeat the above statement will not risk their assets to create those needed jobs because jobs are based on supply and demand. No demand, No jobs. There are demands out there but no one want to use their money to deliver the supply.

  5. REPBAFL on said:

    “Mitt Romney’s declaration, during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, that he plans to kill funding for PBS to help balance the federal budget has set off a huge debate on Twitter and across the Internet over whether Big Bird will survive”. By Monday he’ll say he was miss quoted didn’t mean to add Big Bird to the 47%ers and the unemployed.

  6. REPBAFL on said:

    Hi Folks: I wonder how many of us really know how politicking works, stand up let me see hands? We do have the constitution, “we the people”. But what else, anyone?

  7. REPBAFL on said:

    Republican experts at flip flops idealology and will create flip flop, leadership, policies every other month if elected..
    I’m just plain flabbergasted republicans think the majority of citizens and the ladies medical issues need two republican to tell them what they can or cannot do and this is not the 1800s, do they realize we have the vote. Republican going “back in time” or dancing on flip flops?

  8. gwanedm on said:

    The way you create jobs is to get government out of the way and allow the private sector to create them. Government can’t create Jobs! The Private sector does that! Obama wanting to raise taxes on small business doesn’t help the middle class Job creators.

  9. cindycruz on said:

    I thought the debate was a draw as did the poll on CNN.
    What was disturbing to me and my female friends was the way Joe acted. we were turned off when he was raging and kept pointing his finger at the moderator. Joe came off as being VERY unlikeable and that was a big negative to every female I have spoken to this morning.

  10. gwanedm on said:

    It was Biden who was lying people!! check your facts on what happened in Libya! They knew about our diplomats request for additional security in Benghazi but it was denied! A true leader would have called for heightened security on the anniversary of 9/11 anyway! Lets face it! the Administration dropped the ball on this one!

  11. Serpentine11 on said:

    Isn’t it funny how some claim the President as their own, all the while throwing him under the bus every chance they get with their asinine statements. At this point in the election season, it amazes me that some people are still undecided, so they say. Biden ran circles around Ryan. The comment I heard this morning, and I totally agree with was,”Ryan was a spectator at his own debate.”
    Advantage: Obama/Biden

  12. cindycruz on said:

    I have yet ot decide whom I will vote for. That being said, last night was a net negative for President Obama as both Ryan and Biden came across as much more competent than our President the other night. Out of the debates thus far, our Presidents performance comes in last. The bad news is that all the momentum has gone in favor of romney

  13. rhemasplace on said:

    And I am sure avid supporters of romney like yourself thought he did a great job last week…but as an open-minded Democratic supporter…i thought he came off as arrogant, snobbish and bullish…and the way that he treated Jim Lehrer bothered me…He acted as if it was only about him and nothing else matters…oh yeah…that’s the way he runs his campaign…BUT TO EACH HIS OWN!!!

  14. cindycruz on said:

    Joe did alot of punching last night and I am sure his avid supporters like yourself though it was great. But as an undecided Independent, he came across as the angry, drunk uncle at thanksgiving. It still bothers me how he pointed his finger and yelled at the moderator. Joe was wierdly aggressive last night.

  15. carlette1 on said:

    What people really need to look at is, what the president has already done, and what he is trying to do. He is for all people, not just some people. He is trying to do what he promised he would do, and thus far he has done a lot, and kept his promises. So what he wasn’t aggressive, but he told the truth and stated the facts. His intentions for what he wants for the American people isn’t a ploy or secret and he has proved that. Romney made it very clear what he was about and if people don’t believe that he hasn’t shown his true colors, they are sadly mistaken. President Obama has my vote!

  16. carlette1 on said:

    What people really need to look at is, what the president has already done, and what he is trying to do. He is for all people, not just some people. He is trying to do what he promised he would do, and thus far he has done a lot, and kept his promises. So what he wasn’t aggressive, but he told the truth and stated the facts. His intentions for what he wants for the American people isn’t a ploy or secret and he has proved that. Romney made it very clear what he was about and if people don’t believe that he hasn’t shown his true colors, they are sadly mistaken. President Obama has my vote!

  17. Zabadread on said:

    Thanks Joe for giving the Democratic team back their Swagger and I hope Obama bring his A-game for the next convention instead of that coward mess he brought the last time,,this Paul clown had look like a deer in headlights,,its like he had a bucket of water under his table.. Mitt all your lies are surfacing now wake up America Obama 2012

  18. rhemasplace on said:

    I have heard repubs say all morning that the way that VP Biden acted last night was rude, unprofessional, and a turn off because of the way he treated ryan and the moderator…but romney’s behavior last week was “presidential” with all of the arrogance, interruptions, falsehoods, and talking over of the moderator and president…WOW…talk about a double standard…CBS and HuffPost polls show Biden was the winner…So I guess it just depends on which way you want to spin the wheel! People need to start thinking with logic and not with hatred!

  19. cindycruz on said:

    Here is why our President is in big trouble right now:
    1. CNN showed Ryan as a 4 point winner
    2. Ryan was NOT Palin. 66% in the CNN poll considered him potential Presidential material
    3. A majority of people of people liked him more than Biden

    All Ryan had to do was show he was capable of being President one day (Unlike a Sarah Palin) ….

    Hate to say it my friends but ……Advantage Romney

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